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Study Philosophy in Germany: 20 Universities with 25 English Degree Programs

All important info for international students in Germany (2024/2025)

Updated: 02-27-2024 | Reading Time: 5 minutes

Often associated with past generations of influential philosophers, such as Kandt, Habermas, and Arendt, the interdisciplinary English-language Master’s programs in Philosophy offered by German universities take these foundations of philosophy and apply them pragmatically to deal with pressing and important issues of our societies today. 

The programs often focus on ethics, philosophy of science or technology and  intersect with other disciplines such as economics, history, law, sports and politics. It is also possible to enter a broader course of study in Philosophy and subsequently define your own area of specialization. All options are available in our Study Finder.

Overview

masters
25

Study Programs in English

universities
20

Universities

ranking
15

Universities in International Rankings

Tuition Fees

Minimum:

€ 0 (16 programs for EU citizens, 14 programs for Non-EU citizens)

Maximum:

€ 11,700 per semester (1 program for EU citizens/Non-EU)

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester

between March 31 and November 15

Summer Semester

between May 31 and November 15

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Top-ranked German Universities in Philosophy

#32Times Higher Education Ranking
LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

public University

No. of Students: approx. 51,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #48, QS World University Rankings #64
#38Times Higher Education Ranking
Technical University of Munich

public Technical University

No. of Students: approx. 47,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 - € 4,000 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #50, Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) #52
#74Times Higher Education Ranking
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

public University

No. of Students: approx. 36,000 students

Program Fees: € 0 (per semester)

QS World University Rankings #128

Tuition Fees

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14
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2
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5

3 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

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Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Winter Semester 2024/2025

Summer Semester 2024

Winter Semester 2025/2026

Open Programs

Application Requirements

The Master's program in Philosophy is open to students of all disciplines. It is not restricted to students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree in the subject. 

When you apply to a Master’s program in Germany, universities will usually expect you to have an academic degree in a related discipline. For the subject of Philosophy, and especially the interdisciplinary courses, this can vary from program to program. Relevant first degrees are often from the disciplines of Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, Law, Life Sciences or STEM subjects. For most programs, entrance tests or interviews are not part of the admission process, students must simply submit required documents. In addition to standard certificates (e.g. first degree certificate, a transcript of records, a language certificate), a CV and a letter of motivation are typically required.

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Application Modes

Application Modes

0% national admission restriction (national NC)
40% local admission restriction (local NC)
32% no admission restriction
28% no information provided

Application Process

Application Process

68% directly at University
12% directly at University (incl. VPD from uni-assist)
20% via uni-assist

3 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

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Language Requirements

IELTS Band

TOEFL Scores

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

5.5 (3 programs )

Minimum:

72 (2 programs )

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (7 programs )

Maximum:

7.5 (1 program )

Maximum:

100 (1 program )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (10 programs )

IELTS Band

Minimum:

5.5 (3 programs )

Maximum:

7.5 (1 program )

TOEFL Scores

Minimum:

72 (2 programs )

Maximum:

100 (1 program )

Cambridge Levels

Minimum:

B2 First (FCE) (7 programs )

Maximum:

C2 Proficiency (CPE) (10 programs )

3 English Degree Programs for Philosophy in Germany

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Program Features

3-8 semesters

Duration
Online Courses
degree typesDegree Types

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Beginning

Winter intake

68%

Summer intake

4%

Winter & Summer intake

28%

List of all German Universities offering English-taught Study Programs in Philosophy

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Bard College Berlin

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 300

Program Fees: € 11,700 - € 16,500

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Bielefeld University

public University · No. of Students: 24,000

Program Fees: € 0

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Constructor University

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 1,500

Program Fees: € 10,000

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

public University · No. of Students: 38,000

Program Fees: € 1,633

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

private (state-approved) University · No. of Students: 3,400

Program Fees: € 7,800

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)

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